The Shadow Cabinet in the third book in the Shades of London series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. Instead you can read my review of the first book, The Name of the Star.

Rory barely has time to stop and grieve. Her classmate, Charlotte, is still missing and the rest of the secret government agency she has got caught up in need her help. She is their last remaining terminus, their only weapon against the many ghosts that lurk the streets of London. But Rory is driven to search for the one ghost that means the most to her. Is he still in the city or is he lost to her forever?

I always find it hard to write reviews for books in series that I love. First books and final books are easier, but sometimes what it is that I love about an instalment, is really something that’s developed over several books. I devoured The Shadow Cabinet and can’t wait for more.

Rory’s grief didn’t come across as that strong but their special circumstances allows for this. They know that there is existence after death, and the hunt to find Stephen is a distraction. She has the hope she will see him again, even if she can’t touch him. It’s when that hope is gone that grief would really set in. There are times when Rory comes close to accepting he’s gone, but she has little time to sit around thinking.

It came from nowhere. But I was as sure of it as I was sure that this was London – old and weird and perpetually rainy, full of people who didn’t die.

I was fascinated to learn of the Great Smog of 1952, a real event in which a smothering fog enclosed parts of London and killed thousands. I kind of wished more was made of the supernatural fog in the book, especially considering the reference to the historical event.

I did feel something in this was a bit of a cop out, but I can’t be annoyed for long. There’s some great dreamscape style sequences and a lot of additional world-building.

The Shadow Cabinet is published by Hot Key Books and is available now in paperback and ebook editions. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review. I have a spare copy of the Shades of London novella featuring Stephen, The Boy in the Smoke to give away to one reader. Entry is open to Europe only and is via the rafflecopter below.

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